7.22.17 – The Weekly Walk. Desire.

7.22.17 – The Weekly Walk.  Desire.

Good Saturday to you. I’m reading through a bible plan in my Bible reading app and wanted to share just a few thoughts from it.  I’m into day 5 of this 30 day plan.  It’s very easy and simple to digest, quick to start the day with which is good but there are some days, I have to admit, that I’m yearning for more.  Here are a few highlights:

– We must let go of the good to grab hold of the better.  From Psalm 84:  “Better is one day with God than thousands elsewhere.”  Spend time with God.

– How do you have a day with God?  You live with an ongoing, unending awareness of His presence. From Colossians 3:  “Since You have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not earthly things.”  Earthly things.  These things will pass.  They are good for a minute. We need to store our treasures in heaven.

– How do you begin to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence?  You begin developing the habit of constant communication with God through prayer.  From Luke 18: “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Jesus told his crew that prayer is important, that prayer is essential in his ministry. How many times does it say in the New Testament…then Jesus went off to pray.

– In order to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence, you must develop the habit of instant obedience to God.  Tough one.  Instant obedience, undying obedience. We are human.  We have this nature that says it’s all about us, all about me.  We have needs, wants, desires and to be honest, they usually revolve around us.  In John 14, Jesus says this, “If you love me, keep my commands, and I will ask the Father and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth.”  Long for obedience.

– In order to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence, you must develop a daily desperation for God.  A daily desperation. I love that word. Desperation.  When you are desperate for something, you will do anything to get it. You will move mountains to get it. That’s what God has done for us, He has moved mountains to get to us.  Let’s return the sentiment.  Desperation for God. David says in Psalm 63, “You God, are my God, earnestly I seek you, I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you in a dry and parched land where there is no water….I will praise you as long as I live.”   How dry and parched are you for God? How desperate do you need his living water?

That’s only the first 5 days.  I need to develop a habit of constantly striving for God.  Relying on God.  Trusting in God.  Hoping in God.  I need to be desperate for Him and His goodness in my life.  I encourage you to do the same.  Long for Him, in the midst of the tragedy and the joy, Father I pray that you are the center of it all.  Amen.

 

4.3.17 – The Weekly Walk. Peter.

4.3.17 – The Weekly Walk. Peter.

I was reading this morning in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John about Peter.  Jesus, took Peter, James & John up to the Mount of Olives to keep watch while He prayer.  He leaves them for a bit to go off and pray and comes back and finds them sleeping.  He wakes them up, goes off and prays again and comes back to find them sleeping….again!

Isn’t this so true of our human nature.  Sometimes problems, situations and crossroads in our lives make us just want to step aside, fall asleep and not deal with them. Jesus’ response to them was “Watch and pray so that you may not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  Our everyday walk with Jesus reminds us to wake up, keep watch & continuously be in prayer.  Not so that things can work out our way but so that we don’t fall into temptation.  Into other minefields and other situations that lead us away from Him and the walk that we should have with Him daily.

We know the story, a small army of men come to take Jesus away, he heals one of the men after their ear is cut off, which for me would be reason enough to fall to my knees and worship right there on the spot.  They accuse Jesus and find Him guilty of his statement that He is the Son of God.

Meanwhile, the backstory on Peter is this.  The night before Jesus had said that He will deny Him three times.  While Jesus is in this trial, Peter is hanging out outside warming himself by the fire.  A servant girl says to him, aren’t you the one who was with the Nazarene.  Peter denies it.  Someone else states the same thing and he denies it again.  Finally a third time he is accused of being a friend of Jesus to which he denies it a third time.  The rooster crows and Peters weeps bitterly for his denial.

This is Peter.  This is the one who walked on water to reach Jesus only a few days prior.  The one who had complete faith in Him as he stepped out of the boat and walked on the water to reach him.  I can’t define what happened here and why the denial.  I have to chalk it up to human nature and Peter’s humanness.  It’s hard to fathom and something that I’m wrestling with this morning as I type this.  How,  if just a few days ago he was walking on water, could he now deny knowing Jesus, not once but three times.  I think of my own walk with Jesus.  Do I deny Him after I’ve seen Him work so mightily in someone’s life?  In my own life?  Sadly, the answer is yes.  Denial happens all the time.  Small compromises, small statements, small sins that compound and tear us away from Him and the goodness that He has for us.  We as human beings are lost without His grace.  Lost without His mercy.  I struggle daily with trying to be a better man, husband, father, leader, christian, the list goes on.  Peter, in this act of denial, teaches us all an incredible lesson in humanness.  We are all subject to it and all in need of a Savior.  Someone who, even though we deny Him, sometimes on a daily basis, will still walk up to the cross and let the nails be driven in, let the cross be lifted up, and let his body be broken, because He loves us that much.  Jesus tells us, “Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give to you.  I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

“I do not give as the world gives.”  

For that statement alone I am thankful.

2.4.17 – The Weekly Walk – Who is God….really.

2.4.17 – The Weekly Walk – Who is God…really.

Hey everyone, hope the week is going great.  We had a great night of worship on Monday night on our Facebook Live Stream.  Join us if you haven’t already done so at http://www.daveonfacebook.com at around 8:30pm and be sure to sign up for the email list at http://www.davesemaillist.com to get the updates.

So this week were were talking about how we are in God’s heart and how we’ve always been there and always will be there.  We don’t always have that feeling though because we have a distorted image of God.  An image that has to be smashed like the idols had to be smashed in the Exodus story.

Again, I have my friend Dave Edwards to thank for these insights into the heart of God.

A lot of us have this vision of God as being this uncaring, judgmental, score-keeping, constantly angry God who makes up rules that we can’t possibly keep.  An image of a God that is ticked off about a certain sin that we constantly are struggling with and that he holds that against us. Bottom line is….He doesn’t.  That’s why He sent Jesus here.

This image of God is what a lot of the folks in the Old Testament were struggling with. They were constantly trying to reduce God to their own image and attempting to control Him.

Then Jesus came and everything changed.  Everything.  He came to show us the true image of God.  A loving, caring, merciful, wonderful, generous, forgiving God who cares deeply about us.  Everyday. A God who listens to prayers and answers them.  A God who cancels our debts and longs after our hearts.

Breaking up with our false images of God may be painful but it has to be done.  We have to smash the false image that we have of God and realize that we are His children, who He loves dearly and He is our Daddy, our intimate Father who cares deeply for us.

Today, rest in that thought.  Rest in knowing that Jesus is here and He loves you with a love that we really can’t fathom and it’s hard sometimes to feel it but He’s here.  He’s here with you right now. Rest in His arms and let him hold you.

To join us on Monday nights, tune in to http://www.daveonfacebook.com at 8:30pm.  We’d love to have you worship with us.

1.27.17- The Weekly Walk – Hungry

1.27.17 – The Weekly Walk – Hungry.

Good morning.  Hope your week was great.  This is a follow up to our Monday Night Worship event LIVE on Facebook this past Monday.  If you haven’t tuned in, you should. We meet on Monday nights at 8:30pm on Facebook.  You can head over to http://www.daveonfacebook.com to join us.  We get together as  community on Facebook to worship, pray & get to know each other a little better.  It’s pretty cool.

This past Monday I was taking a cue from a good friend of mine, Dave Edwards, a traveling preacher that I met a few years back.  He cites this passage in a devotional that I was reading:

Psalm 63:1 – “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You; in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water”

I’m in the middle of a 22 day fast.  It’s called the Daniel Fast and you basically cut out all sugar, meat, fish & breads.  Only drink water for the whole time.  It’s hard, but it’s been fantastic.  Due to the cleanse of all of the sugar basically, my body feels better and I seem to have more energy which is pretty great.  I encourage any of you reading to give this a try.  You can find some great resources at http://www.daniel-fast.com.

The devotion that Dave had put together starts off like this, “Developing a hungry heart after God is an intentional pursuit.  The journey is tough.  The competition for our heart is fierce;  phone, Internet, television, classes, projects, friends, money, things, work and fun.  When we crave everything, we end up with nothing.  The noise and the confusion of a crowded heart can block our access to Him”.

I love this entire paragraph.  It’s so convicting in it’s simplicity.  The message and the question is this.  What do you need to take out of your life to develop a more intimate and passionate relationship with our Father?  For me it’s just finding the time.  I’ve been told that when you want to do something you find the time to do it.  So to be completely honest, I need to get rid of some things in my life to find the time to spend with God more every day.  As I’ve been going through this fast I’ve been able to find more time to be with God because I need it. I’ve been hungering for Him more because I haven’t had the food that usually comforts me.  I’ve noticed that I’ve cut out certain things that give me more time to be with Him.  Internet surfing and social media have been the two big time takers for me.  Without as much of that, I’ve been able to find time to do devotions and reading four times a day which for me is a HUGE improvement over where I was before.  My prayer life is more involved as well.  I’ve focused on 4 things that I’m praying for and have stuck to them but as the weeks have gone on, God is bringing other things into focus and I find myself lifting more prayer to Him as I go through my days.

Bottom line.  If I can do it, so can you.  Start small.  Isolate one thing in your life, or your day, that you can give up to spend more time with our Father.  I guarantee that the more you give up, the more you get.  He sees your sacrifice and honors it.  He sees your desire to know Him more and gives right back. As it tells us in James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”.

I encourage you today. Draw near to Him.  See what changes in your life.  How hungry are you for the changes that God wants to make in your life.

Join us on Monday evenings on Facebook at http://www.daveonfacebook.com.  Really appreciate you tuning in.

Have a great week.  Dave

3.14.16 – Trust.

  3.14.16 – the weekly walk – Reading a little in Jesus Calling tonight.  January 22 is about trust.  “Strive to trust me”, it says, “in more areas of your life.” I’m up for that I think but am not always willing to do it.  Sometimes i think I have all the answers, not needing help.  Then, something will happen or an email will come in that shows me  who is really in control.  God takes good care of us like a father does.  He knows what’s best for us.   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will keep your path straight.”  Proverbs 3:5&6, love these verses.  Let’s try to live them a little more.  Trust Him a little more.  Let’s not waste time or energy regretting the past but let’s live for the future, live for what God has in store for us.  Pray that you would hear his voice and follow His lead.  Pray that doors would open and then be willing to walk through them when they open.  Soooo hard to do.  God, tonight, let our prayers be bold, let our hearts be open to hear you and give us the confidence and the courage to follow.

Leading worship next weekend…

IMG_51401.14.16 – Happy new year!  Thanks for reading this note. A real quick update.  We are leading worship for a bunch of high school kids up in Lake Champion, NY next week.  We are SO looking forward to this.  The last time we were up there we were with a bunch of junior high kids and it was amazing.  To be able to help shape these kids faith, to be able to lead them in worship & worship with them is just incredible.  Please pray for us, pray that God would move in these kids even before they get there.  Pray that their hearts would be opened as they walk into the sessions and as they sing with us.  Thanks guys, so amazing to have you with us.

This coming weekend would be impossible without our monthly supporters.  Lake Champion isn’t close & the camp has a very low budget.  This weekend was going to cost us money but because of our monthly supporters we’re able to meet every gas, toll, wear & tear and any other need that comes up.  So if you’re a monthly supporter, you are helping to change lives in Jesus name this weekend.  I can’t thank you enough for that.  If you want to become a monthly supporter, head over to the SUPPORT page on this site or just CLICK HERE and click on get access.  Great incentives to join us that are described on that page.

We’ll give you updates as we go through the weekend on our Facebook page.  CLICK HERE to like that page and get the updates.  Until then, thanks!

The Weekly Walk – 7.22.15

7.22.15 – The Weekly Walk – devotions.

Hey everyone.  Thought I’d share more devotions. Please follow us on Instagram to get these daily.   Here are a few highlights from the last week or so.

7.22.15 – taken from the song “Tear Down the Walls” by Hillsong.  

“This life is yours and hope rising as your Glory fills our hearts, let love tear down these walls.” – John 14:6 says this, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no ones comes to the Father but through me.” When we say this life is yours, do we really mean it? There are tons of entries on Google when you google the phrase “are you all in?”. Sports teams, corporate speakers, self help books….the list goes on and on. Jesus makes it simple. He’s the way, the truth and the life, He’s the only way to the Father. Hope rises when we trust Him. His glory fills our hearts. What does that mean? His glory. He is worthy to be praised, to be honored, to be set apart from anyone or anything else, He is king. Today, as you go through your day, ask “are you all in?”, and what does it mean for you. Prayers up for each of us as we seek Him.

7.21.15 – taken from the song “Cornerstone” by Hillsong

“Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all.” – There’s a passage in Mark chapter 4 where Jesus and the disciples are out on the water. Jesus was sleeping in the front of the boat and this storm comes rolling through and almost sinks the boat. The disciples of course are freaking and wake Him up. “Don’t you care if we drown?”, they ask. Jesus looks up and says to the wind and the waves, “Quiet, be still” and it goes completely calm. He looks at the disciples and says, “Why are you so afraid, do you have no faith?” – it’s an amazing story, one that has me shaking my head often, do I really have that kind of faith. I try to. I want to. But in the midst of the storm, can I say that I do. I lean on God daily, I call on Him daily. But this is a kind of faith that is difficult to swallow. Right now, someone reading this is going through a storm, going through some kind of struggle, depression, addiction, pain or suffering. All I can say is this, Jesus is there, with you, saying to you, be calm, be quiet, watch as I calm the waves and silence the wind in your life. It may not seem like it but He is. It may be a long road or a short one you’re on but He is there with you. The question I’ll ask is this “Why are you so afraid, do you not have any faith?”

7.19.15 – taken from the song “Cornerstone” by Hillsong

“Christ alone, cornerstone, weak made strong in the Saviour’s love.” – When we are weak, He is strong. When we have troubles, we can find peace in His arms. When we are worried, we can find relief. When we are hurting, we find in Him healing. When we are tired, He gives us strength. When we are lonely, He holds us. When we are lost, He makes us found. Take a moment at the end of your day and just sit, be silent for a moment and just think on who God is. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you.

7.16.15 – taken from the song “Our God Is Greater” by Chris Tomlin

“And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, what could stand against us”. – Romans 8:31 says this “what then shall we say in response to these things. If God is for us, than who can be against us.” – As we go through our days today and each day, we are constantly pushed down, told we’re not good enough, told that we’re not working hard enough, not strong enough, not skinny enough, the list goes on. Know this today, God is for you. God is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is there with you through every struggle. I’ll say it again just as Paul said it in Romans, our God is for us, who can stand against us. Take heart and joy in that fact today, no matter what the world throws at you today, God is greater than all of it.

7.15.15 – taken from the song “Our God Is Greater” by Chris Tomlin

“Water You turn into wine, open the eyes of the blind, there’s no one like You, none like You.” – John 2 recites the story of Jesus turning water into wine. 38 other miracles are recited in the gospels. Jesus was in the business of miracles, of making people believe in miracles. Believe in the impossible. There are miracles that we come across every day. Jesus lives in these moments, these daily miracles. He wants us to seek these miracles out and praise Him for them. In the society that we live in, we’re made to believe that everything has to have an answer, there has to be a science to every event. There has to be a reason. Maybe sometimes there isn’t, maybe sometimes it truly is God saying, this is a miracle that I’m sending down to you. Maybe. Do you believe in miracles.

I hope you enjoy these short devotionals.  I encourage you to follow me on either Instagram or Facebook to get these updates & join the conversation.  Thanks so much for reading!  Have a great week.

The Weekly Walk – 7.1.15

7.1.15 – the weekly walk – devotions.

hey everyone!  hope you’re well.  i thought i’d share a few recent posts to Instagram here on the weekly walk.  I’ve been trying to keep up a daily video devotional on Instagram that we then feed over to Facebook & Twitter.  If you haven’t joined us on Instagram, please do:  http://www.instagram.com/davepettigrew – thanks.  Here are 3 days worth of devotions for this week.  Enjoy & let me know your thoughts by clicking through to Facebook & commenting there.  Here’s the address:  http://www.facebook.com/davepettigrewmusic

have a great week!

DAY 1:

Like the rising sun that shines awake my soul, awake my soul and sing. From the darkness comes a light. – I’ve been running for the past year. It’s hard. There are mornings, like today, where I just don’t want to get up. I wonder if the sun ever feels that way. There must be days where it doesn’t feel like shining. It’s job everyday is to be happy. It doesn’t have the option of not shining, sure clouds can get in the way and stop it from shining on us, but it’s still shining. Our souls get tired too but we need to take a lesson from the sun. There are days where we don’t want to get up, where we don’t want to shine, when we just don’t want to “be the Christian” that we know we should be. God, today, help our grumbling, our complacency, help the clouds to part before our eyes so that the sun rising in our souls can shine the light of Jesus on all those we come in contact with. Help our unbelief in ourselves….let us be thankful that you still believe.

DAY 2:

In our hearts Lord, in our nation, awakening. Holy Spirit, we desire…awakening. – It’s Sunday morning. When I was a kid, I remember waking up on Sunday mornings hoping that my parents would sleep in so that we could skip church. Then I would hear the footsteps coming towards my door and my mom or dad would say “come on, wake up, we’re heading out in 30 minutes.” An awakening on a Sunday morning. I would slowly rise and get ready. I’m thankful for those mornings. Thankful that I had someone who loved me enough to take me to church. This morning I hope my kids are a little more excited than i was. I think they enjoy it most of the time. As adults we need to be excited, anticipating Sunday so that we can get up, go to church and learn more about Jesus. We need a spiritual awakening, a moment where our mind resets itself and we feel that pull towards our Savior. Take a moment this morning and every morning this week. Pray for a spiritual awakening. A return to Jesus. A return to prayer. A return to God. You won’t regret it. 

DAY 3:

There’s only grace, there’s only love, there’s only mercy and believe me it’s enough, your sins are gone. – I’ve been leading worship all week long for a group of kids from Virginia. Last night we had a great session. We worshiped, we learned more about God, we learned that we need to dig more into the word of God every day, that we need to fellowship more, eat pizza together more. Most importantly we learned that God loves us just the way we are. His grace, His mercy, His love…..these are the things we need to focus on. Not how we don’t understand God, not how we are never going to be good enough for Him, because we aren’t. We are saved by His grace, by His mercy. Our sins are gone because He first loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us. Today, stand tall knowing that the God who created the universe wants a little company, wants to have a conversation with you.

5.20.15 – The Weekly Walk – Prayer.

5.20.15 – The Weekly Walk – Prayer.

Hey everyone, hope your weeks have been going well. we’ve been playing some fantastic shows & it’s been great speaking to all of you before & after the shows.  one thing i’m hearing is that there is a lot of hurting going on in this world and in our area.  families are in trouble, people are in pain, sickness abounds, people are losing loved ones, general feelings of loneliness & despair.

i’ve been praying for each and every one of the prayer requests that have been coming in & i want you to continue to send them along.  God calls us to stand together as a church body & support each other.  We can do that through email, social media & through joining together at our shows and praying.  I’m going to make a commitment to take time each and every day to pray for every request that comes through my inbox.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I’ll take this moment in this blog to direct you to another blog, the Desiring God blog.  Click HERE for an article on prayer.

It’s hard sometimes to pray because we don’t feel as though God is listening or if He is, we don’t feel like He’s answering.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Keep praying, keep believing.  I’m praying with you.  My band is praying with you.  Be encouraged.  God is with us.

The Weekly Walk – this week’s walk – 4/18/15

4.18.15 – The Weekly Walk – this week’s walk

Hey everyone, hope you had a great week.  It was long and intense for me.  I had that “stop the world and let me off” feeling a lot this week…but….we push through don’t we, we lean deeper and deeper into God through prayer & lean on Him more.  That’s what gets us along.  So i posted a few things this week that got some good responses…one was on Facebook and it simply said…“You are loved, don’t ever forget that”.  Lots of engagement with that post.  I think there are so many of us that get bogged down in a week like the one that I just had and forget that simple thought….Jesus loves us, plain and simple.  Please don’t ever forget that and when you do, say a quick prayer and have God re-assure you….He will.

I also posted an interview that I did with Breathecast here in NYC.  If you’re not familiar with Breathecast, you should be, especially if you’re into Christian music at all, which i assume if you’re reading this post, you are.   They are the top online site destination for cool interviews & exclusive performances with some of the best christian artists out there. You can check them out HERE.  I was honored that they contacted me and had me come down to the studio.  I sat down with Jeannie Ortega, a great artist in her own right, you should check her out HERE.

We sat and talked about christian music, about God in New York City, about what it’s like to worship, lead worship & a bunch more.  It was a great morning and i encourage you guys to check out their sites & check out the interview below:

I also performed the song “Even If Not”.  Check out this exclusive performance below.

Download the song “Even If Not” by hitting iTunes or clicking HERE to visit the DP store.

Appreciate you reading & watching.  Please leave a comment on the youtube videos & be sure to subscribe to the davepettigrew channel on Youtube.

Have a great week!
dave